Papillon Movie Review 1973

Information and Film Reviews for Papillon the Movie

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4.0 4.0 from 1 reviews

McQueen is a criminal sent to Devil's Island in the 1930s determined to escape from the Lemote prison. Hoffman is the swindler he befriends. A series of escapes and recaptures follow. Boxoffice winner based on the autobiographical writings of French thief Henri Charriere. Excellent portrayal of prison life and fine performances from the prisoners. Certain segments would have been better left on the cutting room floor. The film's title refers to the lead's butterfly tattoo.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 150 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Adventure Drama, Men in Prison, Great Escapes, Devil's Island, Buddies, Escaped Cons, Top Grossing Films of 1973
Dalton Trumbo, Lorenzo Semple
Steve McQueen, Dustin Hoffman, Victor Jory, George Coulouris, Anthony Zerbe
Fred W. Koenekamp
Franklin J. Schaffner
Jerry Goldsmith
Robert Dorfman

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